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Nimitz by night

Oct 30 2009

The following pictures taken from the Vulture’s Row, the narrow balcony on the ship’s island, don’t give the exact idea of the darkness that surrounds an aircraft carrier at night. The flight deck is illuminated by a soft sodium-vapor light ...

Flying to/from an aircraft carrier with a C-2 Greyhound

Oct 27 2009

After my recent visit on board the USS Nimitz, many readers of this site asked me to describe a flight on the C-2 Greyhound COD (Carrier On-board Delivery) and in particular the trap landing on the flight deck of an ...

Compressor stall…in the worst case scenario (part 2)

Oct 25 2009

In the previous post “Compressor stall…in the worst case scenario” I explained what a compressor stall (or surge) basing on a picture I took aboard USS Nimitz. I uploaded an image within that post that I created by merging two ...

F-18 rudders during take-off

Oct 25 2009

Some visitors of this site that analysed the pictures I took on the USS Nimitz (http://cencio4.wordpress.com/2009/10/23/images-from-the-uss-nimitz-cvn-68/), asked me why the F-18 (both C, E and F versions) has the rudders deflected inwards during catapult launches. That position of the rudders is ...

Images from the USS Nimitz (CVN-68)

Oct 23 2009

Between Oct. 19 and 20, I had the possibility to spend some 25 hours on board the USS Nimitz nuclear supercarrier. I went to Manama, Bahrain, and after a long flight in a C-2 of the VRC-30 “Providers” I trapped ...

Compressor stall…in the worst case scenario

Oct 22 2009

“A compressor stall is a situation of abnormal airflow resulting from a stall of the aerofoils within the compressor. Stall is found in dynamic compressors, particularly axial compressors, as used in jet engines and turbochargers for reciprocating engines. Compressor stalls ...

Military Aviation

May 23 2018
F-35, T-346, Typhoon, AV-8B, CAEW among the assets involved Italy’s largest exercise supported (for the first time) by the U...
May 22 2018
The Israeli Air Force Has Launched World’s First Air Strikes Using The F-35I Adir, IAF Chief Says. Israel is the first count...

Drones

Feb 28 2018
Photos shot from UFO Seekers allegedly show unknown, triangular object interacting with two U.S. Air Force F-16s. But it’s p...
Feb 16 2018
One of the RQ-4B Global Hawk drone converted into EQ-4 has logged 20,000 flight hours operating as a “flying gateway” ...

Aviation Safety / Air Crashes

May 13 2018
This is why aircraft carriers have JBD (Jet Blast Deflectors). The videos below show an incident that occurred aboard USS Independ...
May 09 2018
Caught on video: an RNoAF F-16 ingests a bird during take off. Birds ingested in aircraft engines can have devastating effects. Th...

Rogue States

May 22 2018
The Israeli Air Force Has Launched World’s First Air Strikes Using The F-35I Adir, IAF Chief Says. Israel is the first count...
May 18 2018
The Russian Air Force has released a video that includes a short clip filmed from inside a Bear bomber escorted by two F-22 stealt...

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